Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Smoked Arctic Char

Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

4 (5-6) ounce portions Arctic Char
2 smoker bags
2 cups wild rice (or favorite accompaniment such as couscous or orzo)
2 cups smoky onion marmalade
12 ounces fresh asparagus
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season char filets with salt and pepper and place in smoker bags, seal ends. Place bags in oven on baking tray. Cook for about 25 minutes. Remove the bag from the oven and carefully cut it open. Use caution because bag will release steam when first opened. Remove char from bag and place over wild rice. Top with 1 tablespoon smoky onion marmalade and serve with fresh asparagus.

Smokey Onion Marmalade:
1 sweet onion, sliced thin
2 cups orange marmalade
1 teaspoon black pepper
sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced onions in smoker bag and seal bag. Place bag in oven on baking shoot. Cook 20 to 25 minutes. Remove bag from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Carefully cut open bag and watch for any steam that may remain in the bag. Remove onions from bad, add to small mixing bowl with marmalade, salt and pepper. Mix well, serve at room temperature of store refrigerated.

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